Directed by Abraham Polonsky • 1948 • United States
Starring John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor
In this expressively tough and terse noir classic, shady lawyer Joe Morse (John Garfield) joins forces with a ruthless gangster (Roy Roberts) to consolidate control of the numbers racket in New York City. The only thing standing in Morse’s way is his own brother (Thomas Gomez), a small-time operator whose refusal to go along with the plan leaves Morse struggling to balance loyalty to his family with his pursuit of power. Directed by the soon-to-be blacklisted Abraham Polonsky from his own screenplay, this evocative underworld tale has been cited by Martin Scorsese as a key influence on his own crime dramas.